from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Capability of cleavage.
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The high cleavability (splitting tendency) of diamonds requires a very careful grinding of the parent rock.
This causes the tips of each fibre to crowd in between the fibres above and below, and leads to an irregular interlacement of these fibres, which adds to the toughness, but reduces the cleavability of the wood.
We may also consider those stones, whose softness, or brittleness, or ready cleavability, requires that they should be reserved for use only in those jewels which, because of their nature, receive less rough usage.
No, I mean the answer is there's very, very, very little of that and the cleavability here is almost perfect.
- 7.0 vitreous luster, transparent to translucent, good cleavability
- 5.5 semi-metallic luster, good cleavability (axotomous)
- compressive strength of a cube, cleavability and permeability for construction materials;